In L’Animale, Katarina Mückstein, despite her little experience behind the camera, has portrayed the world of adolescents with commendable skill, demonstrating her ability to deal with difficult subjects with a lightness reminiscent of the French school.
In Wolfgang Fischer’s Styx, the waters in which the protagonist’s boat sails, just like the River Styx, are a scene of death but also of rebirth, and the whole becomes an important allegory of life and death, as well as a faithful portrayal of humanity.
In The Interpreter, it is language that is one of the key factors staging the relationship not only between two men but, more broadly, between two nations, one of which has a strong debt to the other.
In Departure, every single element is full of strong symbolism and, at the same time, reaches the spectator in a direct way, by speaking a universal language and classifying itself as an apology for true values and freedom.
With the face of a resembling Marie Bäumer we see a human, vulnerable, weak Romy Schneider whose Achilles heel is her difficult relationship with her children.
Presentation of the 68th edition of the Berlinale, in Berlin from the 15th to the 25th February 2018.